Speeding up a PC

Is there anything you can do besides run CCleaner, do a virus scan (I use AVG free), update drivers, and make sure you have the latest important Windows Updates? Because I'm trying to figure out if I'm lagging because my hardware isn't good enough or if it's another problem such as something CCleaner would fix.
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  1. where are you lagging?

    what are your system specs?

    when did the lag start?
  2. At the very start of Starcraft 2 and League of Legends games it freezes for the first 10 or so seconds then unfreezes and I'm fine the rest of the game. Also 1080p YouTube videos are choppy.

    Windows Home Premium 64 bit
    Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz (stock)
    GTX 260
    4GB DDR2 800 memory
    500GB HD
    850W power supply

    about 3 months ago (estimate)
  3. those specs are to bad, you could try a reload of windows, windows does degrade over time.

    also you could try an overclock, but that shouldnt be the reason you are lagging.
  4. Your system is a little dated like mine.

    Window 7 Pro 64
    Q9550 @ 3.2 OC
    460 GTX
    8 GB DDR 2 800MHz

    You may be hitting the ceiling when it comes to RAM. I had 4 GB for quite a while and the system ran fine. However, once I upgraded to 8 GB, games became much smoother and easier to start. Basically, you may not see your PC hitting the ceiling, but usually during app launches, a lot of RAM is used to "set up" the app.

    You could overclock you CPU too. Pretty simple with a C2Q (I would know). You would need an after market cooler.

    Your GPU is a little old too, but should not have any issue playing those games let alone Youtube.
  5. Thanks for the fast reply.

    So there isn't any other processes I could try besides the ones I listed in my original post? Like would defragging do anything?
  6. you could always try a defrag, not gonna hurt anything.
  7. As you have Windows Home Premium 64 bit, definitely place some more RAM into your system!

    Overclock your Q6600! Get an after market CPU cooler like COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    As you have a 850W power supply, try to find a second hand GTX 260 to make a 2x SLI.

    Get yourself a SSD to improve performance, and use your 500GB HD as storage drive.
  8. Buy an ssd.
  9. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Buy an ssd.



    I looked into this for myself. I was going to buy one at Thanksgiving. But after some reading, I didn't think it was worth it considering my PC is SATA II not III. It would improve my PC a lot but I didn't think it was necessary until I get SATA III.
  10. It would be the best thing to boost performance even with sata II.
  11. My motherboard has SATA II and III, but I use the SSD on SATA II, because the controller on SATA III is not native.

    I still got a lot of improvement in performance, when compared with the HDD.
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